Verizon Wireless Named Top In Overall Network Performance In Virginia In Report By RootMetrics® Aug 20, 2014 06:24PM

LAUREL, Md., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RootMetrics released its second U.S. State RootScore® Reports and Verizon Wireless received the highest award for overall network performance in Virginia.

In addition to receiving the top award for overall network performance in Virginia, Verizon Wireless also scored highest in the categories of: Reliability, Data Performance and Call Performance.  Verizon Wireless won or tied for the RootScore Overall Network Performance Award in 47 other states, and won more awards than any other provider for Overall Performance and in the categories of Reliability, Speed, Data and Call performance.

RootMetrics, an independent mobile analytics firm, said the bi-annual national study is the most comprehensive mobile network test completed and published by a third-party tester to-date. Scores were based on RootMetrics tests performed from January through June 2014. The company ranked the four major U.S. wireless providers in six categories: Overall, Reliability, Speed, Data, Call and Text network performance. Visit for details.

"These most recent studies are further confirmation of our continued commitment to deliver on our brand promise of providing customers with the best network experience," said Marquett Smith, President of the Virginia/Maryland/DC Region. "The consistent reliability, quality and performance of our network provide a solid foundation for new technology and innovation that we will continue to deliver to our customers in the coming months and years ahead."

In its National RootScore Report, RootMetrics named Verizon Wireless the Overall RootScore Award Winner.  Verizon Wireless also was winner in the national study in four other categories: Reliability, Speed, Data and Call Performance. In addition to receiving the Overall Performance award, Verizon Wireless also ranked highest in four other categories:

-- Reliability -- Speed -- Data -- Call

Verizon Wireless' super-fast 4G LTE network, the nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network, today covers more of the U.S. than any other wireless provider's 4G LTE network.  Verizon Wireless' nationwide XLTE coverage, which doubles Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE bandwidth and provides customers with greater peak speeds, was launched in the first half of the year.

For more information, visit the Verizon Wireless News Center and follow me on Twitter at @VZWMelanie. 

Rankings based on RootMetrics US State RootScore® Reports: covering January-June 2014 for network performance test results of 4 mobile networks as an average across all available network types. The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of Verizon. Your results may vary. Visit for details.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network.  As the largest wireless company in the U.S., Verizon Wireless serves 104.6 million retail customers, including 98.6 million retail postpaid customers.  Verizon Wireless is wholly owned by Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ).  For more information, visit  For the latest news and updates about Verizon Wireless, visit our News Center at or follow us on Twitter at  

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Mississippi Jury Awards Bay Front Restaurant Owners $644,000 in Inverse Condemnation Trial Aug 20, 2014 06:20PM

Hernando, Mississippi (PRWEB) August 20, 2014

On Monday, a jury in Hancock County, Mississippi, returned a verdict in favor of brothers Kenneth, Ray and Audie Murphy and against the State of Mississippi in the amount of $644,000.00 for the taking of their bay front property by inverse condemnation. The property is the former site of Dan B's Restaurant and Bar on Beach Boulevard in downtown Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Hurricane Katrina destroyed the popular beach front restaurant owned by the Murphy family August 29, 2005. The restaurant featured a large deck overlooking the Bay of St. Louis.

"My clients are very pleased with the jury verdict," said attorney Paul R. Scott of Smith, Phillips, Mitchell, Scott & Nowak, LLP with offices in Batesville and Hernando, Mississippi. "This lawsuit was not about the harbor redevelopment project. It was about the government taking private property without paying just compensation."

The trial, which began on Tuesday, August 12, focused on two core issues: whether the Murphy family owned the entire waterfront property and how much the family should be compensated for it. The Murphys contended that the state and City took their property without compensation when construction of the municipal harbor began in 2012. The Murphys maintained that their Beach Boulevard property line extended to the water and asked the jury to award $800,000 for the value of the property seized by the government.

Experts for the property owners testified at trial that historical maps and deeds demonstrate that the Murphys owned more than 14,000 square feet of property extending from Beach Boulevard to the water's edge. Lawyers for the government argued that state statutes concerning public tidelands excluded much of the land the owners asserted was their private property.

The jury returned its verdict on August 18 finding that the State was liable and should compensate the family $644,000 for the value of the property. Because it leases the property from the state, co-defendant, City of Bay St. Louis, contended it was not responsible for the property seizure or payment of compensation and was found not liable for damages in the case.

"The verdict verifies what we have said throughout the litigation," Scott said. "The Murphy family has owned this property since the '80s. They have used it, maintained it, and paid taxes on it."

"Neither the State nor City showed any interest it this property prior to Hurricane Katrina," Scott continued. "In fact, the State never made any offer to compensate the Murphys for the loss of their property."

After Katrina, a new public boat harbor was included as part of a redevelopment plan for the downtown area by the City of Bay St. Louis and the State of Mississippi. An access ramp and parking facilities for the new harbor were planned on property owned by the Murphys and several other downtown property owners. The State of Mississippi, however, claimed the land was state owned public tidelands.

Property owner, Ken Murphy expressed sincere gratitude for the legal team representing himself and his family. "We must thank our lawyers, Paul Scott and Robert Quimby," Murphy said. "Had it not been for Paul and Robert our land would have been taken and we would have gotten nothing. A mere 'thank you' does not truly express our gratitude for their belief, commitment and hard work to our struggle."

"The lesson here is 'know your property rights' and be ready to stand up and fight for them. Owning property is what sets America apart from much of the rest of the world and it is a core component of our freedom," concluded Murphy.

The case is Murphy v. State of Mississippi, et. al., Cause No. 12-0453 in the Circuit Court of Hancock County, Mississippi.


Smith, Phillips, Mitchell, Scott & Nowak, LLP is a nationally recognized, full service civil law firm representing individuals, businesses and governmental entities for over 40 years. Smith Phillips handles a full range of legal services including business and individual litigation, nationwide class actions, insurance litigation, eminent domain and land use litigation, serious personal injury litigation (Plaintiffs and Defendants), and other civil litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. To learn more, visit


The Owners' Counsel of America is a nationwide network of experienced eminent domain attorneys dedicated to protecting the rights of private property owners large and small, locally and nationally, and to advancing the cause of property rights. The lawyers affiliated with OCA are in private practice in nearly every state and represent private landowners against federal, state, and local governments, utilities, transportation and redevelopment authorities and other entities that may be armed with eminent domain power. For more information or to locate a condemnation lawyer in your state, please visit

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The Gymboree Corporation to Review Second Fiscal Quarter 2014 Financial Results Aug 20, 2014 06:19PM

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Gymboree Corporation today announced it will hold a conference call and webcast to review second fiscal quarter 2014 financial results.  The call will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. PT/4:00 p.m. ET. 

To listen live over the internet, please log on to, click on "Company Information" at the bottom of the page, go to "Investors & Media" and then "Conference Calls & Webcasts." A replay of the call will be available two hours after the broadcast through midnight PT, Wednesday, September. 17, 2014, at 855-859-2056, passcode 84323970.

About The Gymboree Corporation

The Gymboree Corporation's specialty retail brands offer unique, high-quality products delivered with personalized customer service. As of August 2, 2014, the Company operated a total of 1,344 retail stores: 625 Gymboree® stores (572 in the United States, 46 in Canada, 1 in Puerto Rico and 6 in Australia), 171 Gymboree Outlet stores (169 in the United States, 2 in Puerto Rico), 148 Janie and Jack® shops and 400 Crazy 8® stores in the United States. The Company also operates online stores at, and, and offers directed parent-child developmental play programs at 699 franchised and Company-operated Gymboree Play & Music® centers in the United States and 41 other countries.

Gymboree, Janie and Jack, Crazy 8 and Gymboree Play & Music are registered trademarks of The Gymboree Corporation. 

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Proving it’s the Right Agency For The Job When Regulating Student Loans Aug 20, 2014 06:18PM

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- You’ve probably watched their TV commercials that air during shows like Law and Order, promising a rewarding career to reel students in. Like many for-profit colleges, ITT has allegedly been exploiting students and pushing them into taking out huge loans, knowing they would probably end up in default. Students who have been getting the run around from companies handling their student loans now have the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to help assist them obtain recourse against these for profit colleges.

The CFPB has been extremely active and has taken an aggressive approach to establish itself as the watchdog agency in order to regulate student loan servicing firms. In showing its aggressive stance, earlier this year the CFPB initiated a lawsuit against ITT Educational Services, Inc., accusing ITT of predatory lending. The CFPB has alleged within the lawsuit that ITT violated the Dodd-Frank ban on unfair, deceptive or abusive practices by misleading borrowers about job placement rates and salaries after graduation, misrepresenting information about accreditation and the transferability of credits, and strong arming students into high interest loans that the company knew students would be unable to repay. This is the CFPB’s first enforcement action against a for profit education company.

ITT has responded back with a Motion to attempt to dismiss this lawsuit filed by the CFPB saying that this lawsuit violates the Constitution and that the CFPB does not have control to regulate ITT under the specific acts and laws the CFPB references within the lawsuit. According to ITT, it did not constitute “brokering” under the Consumer Financial Protection Act but rather was assistance that was permitted by statutory law to provide students in securing financial aid. ITT also mentioned in the Motion that the CFPB seeks to “create a class of prospective students who are too dangerous to service - and therefore cannot be educated which is contrary to the best interests of disadvantaged students.” This case remains ongoing.

In addition to the CFPB’s lawsuit against ITT, the U.S. Department of Education is expected to release its proposed gainful employment regulation that aims to help protect students from risky programs where students are often set up to fail. A strong gainful employment regulation would make it harder for institutions to take advantage of students to receive federal funding. Many, but not all, of these predatory institutions are for-profit colleges that make money by tricking students to take on large amounts of debt and a meaningless degree — costing taxpayers millions of dollars in the process.

This lawsuit filed by the CFPB is extremely important and relevant not only to those that have allegedly been affected by ITT and other for profit education companies, but for current and future students to understand and comprehend the mechanisms some of these schools employ to get them placed in loans that are not necessary to obtaining the education necessary to develop the career these students are seeking.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of predatory lending or aggressive tactics which placed students into loans in which were not economically beneficial to students in order to continue studies, it is highly advisable to seek out further information and obtain an assessment as to whether help is available to you to rid yourself of the problematic issues unnecessarily burdened upon you at the time of receiving student loans.

Consumer Assistance Project is The Leading Non-Profit Organization for student loan debt elimination and reduction.

Call to speak with a live adviser at 1-888-396-0027

Consumer Assistance Project

Robin Handschumacher, 1-888-396-0027

Source: Consumer Assistance Project

Barona Band of Mission Indians to Celebrate Traditional Native American Culture at 44th Annual Powwow Aug 20, 2014 06:16PM

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/20/14 -- The Barona Band of Mission Indians invites San Diego to experience Native American dancing, music and cuisine at the 44th annual Barona Powwow at the Barona Indian Reservation's brand new Sports Park, located just one mile north of Barona Resort & Casino. The celebration starts on Friday, August 29 with gourd dancing at 6 p.m. and grand entry at 7 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 30-31, from 1 to 11 p.m.

"Each year the Barona Powwow brings thousands of people together to share in a celebration of Tribal culture and a friendly competition for some exciting prize money," said Barona Tribal Councilwoman Beth Glasco. "Each dance performed at the Powwow carries special significance for Tribal members and this is such a unique opportunity for all of San Diego to share in these cherished cultural traditions."

During the three-day event, which coincides with Labor Day weekend, thousands of Native Americans from across the country will showcase traditional Tribal dancing as they compete for over $75,000 in prize money. In addition to beautiful regalia and dancing, spectators will also be able to enjoy Hand Drum contests, singing and music, authentic Native American food and exquisite handcrafted jewelry.

Admission and parking for the Barona Powwow are free. Free shuttle service is also available from Barona Resort & Casino to the Powwow; the shuttle pick-up and drop-off area is located at the south entrance of the casino. For more information, please call 619-443-6612, ext. 120 or visit

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Source: Barona Band of Mission Indians

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